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May 14, 2015

The new Strathfield MP Jodi McKay made her inaugural parlimentary speech on Wednesday night.

Mr Deputy Speaker


I am pleased you are in the Chair for my address. You’ve been a friend and wise counsel since my early days in this house.


I rise today with a unique privilege – of someone who has been given a second chance to make a difference in this great State.


Not since the earliest days of this Parliament has someone generally had the opportunity of representing more than one geographically separate electorate.


July 4, 2014

State MP Charles Casuscelli has already started campaigning for the March election, with a boundary change bonus and no Labor opponent in sight.

Charles Casuscelli is a very lucky man. Nine months out from an election, the first-term MP for Strathfield still has no Labor opponent contesting his position. And boundary changes imposed by the NSW Electoral Commission have delivered him what looks like a windfall: he has jettisoned part of Ashfield, where he was unpopular, in return for part of North Strathfield, where he has a chance of picking up votes.

His tight margin has actually increased in his favour by 2 per cent. But nothing is certain in politics, particularly in NSW.

April 4, 2014

Strathfield is debating where its heart lies: in Sydney’s CBD, or in the fastest-growing economic area of the state, Western Sydney.

Which city do you think Strathfield has more in common with: Sydney or Parramatta? It’s an important question as the municipality considers its economic future – the more so as the development of Parramatta Road as a major corridor between East and West gains pace.

Up to now, most have maintained we are closer to Sydney’s CBD.  But as Parramatta – the geographic centre of Sydney’s burgeoning population – powers ahead, moves are afoot to shift our business thinking.

September 19, 2013

Strathfield MP Charles Casuscelli argues the WestConnex is essential for the Inner West

In the late 1940's the Cumberland County Council revolutionised how planning was being done for a big chunk of metropolitan Sydney. They included long term planning for major roads and set aside strategic corridors for future motorways, the need for a road corridor for what we know as the M4 today was foreseen by visionary people in 1951.

April 25, 2013

Cr Helen McLucas predicts Strathfield could face huge rate rises under the local government review panel's reform suggestions


The Sansom report is out and is recommending Strathfield Council merge with Burwood, Ashfield and Canada Bay and possibly Leichhardt and Marrickville as well.

The cost of amalgamations, mergers or boundary changes - all used interchangeably in the report - will be born by the rate payers with a strong emphasis on increasing rate revenue above CPI, with comments like "rate increases must meet underlying costs" and the need for "ongoing adjustments to rates and charges".

December 20, 2012

Schools move up table for exam performance

Strathfield schools have scored significant success in this year's HSC results, and are punching well above their weight.

Of the Sydney Morning Herald’sTop 100 schools, four are from the Strathfield Local Government Area. Meriden School, Santa Sabina College, St Patrick’s College and Strathfield Girls High School all made it to the prestigious list.

December 4, 2012

Strathfield, Ashfield and Burwood on the block

The State Government is reportedly considering giving its backing to a report which calls for amalgamations of councils in the Inner West, with speculation that Strathfield, Ashfield and Burwood could be on the block.

According to The Daily Telegraph’s state political editor Andrew Clennell, Local Government Minister Don Page considers the current 152 councils unsustainable.

As reported on Ourstrathfield last week, an independent panel on restructuring councils is expected to report in March, and could outline which councils should merge.

July 6, 2012


Labor, Liberal and new grass roots group, Strathfield First go head-to-head at the September council elections but Burwood Mayor, Councillor John Faker seems to be one of the hottest topics during the campaign period. 

The three main contestants battling for seats on Strathfield Council in the upcoming September elections have now announced the majority of their candidates – and the Strathfield Scene asked them to spell out their stance on the major issues.

One new group, Strathfield First Action Group, is leading the charge for the independents’ ticket with a team including the Mayor, Cr Paul Barron and his deputy, Cr Helen McLucas.

June 8, 2012

Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.

Two academics have uncovered a major opportunity to put Strathfield on the tourist map and present Australia with a bold new international image of the municipality. According to Professor Jock Collins and Dr Joon Shin of the University of Technology Sydney’s Business School, Strathfield could become the “little Korea” of Sydney, reaping benefits in tourism, employment and investment.

May 4, 2012

Strathfield is an area on the move with a bold new vision

Strathfield has just completed one of the biggest consultation exercises in its history. Residents, workers, students and business owners were asked what they want their neighbourhood to be in the run-up to 2025.

May 4, 2012


In a bold new bid to transform the way Strathfield is perceived, councillors have ordered a report on seeking city status.

Strathfield’s leading position in the inner west as a commercial and transport hub has prompted a council move to seek city status  – a significant step in ensuring the area’s assets are fully recognised.

February 10, 2012

Strathfield's draft LEP is now on public exhibition

Higher-density residential development along Parra-matta Road, increased building heights at the Town Centre, a food hub next to Sydney Markets and new business parks to attract jobs are among the highlights of Strathfield’s plans for the next decade, which went on show this month.

The town square is to be reclassified to allow for events like weekend markets, while a mixed business and residential area is proposed in Homebush, north of the railway station.

September 13, 2011

An exciting range of new events, initiatives and infrastructure projects to reposition Strathfield as the business and cultural hub of Sydney's inner-west. 


This weekend marks an important milestone for Strathfield.

It will see the first in a series of big events designed to transform Sydney’s view of the municipality – and hopefully position it as one of the movers and shakers of the inner-west.

It is, in effect, the launch of Brand Strathfield. Expect to hear much more of this in the coming weeks.

October 16, 2015

Government sources say Strathfield will be merged with Canada Bay and Burwood.

A new merger plan to amalgamate Strathfield, Canada Bay and Burwood was revealed today in The Daily Telegraph.

On the day that the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) handed its report to the state government, the article quoted a government source as confirming that Strathfield is one of the councils expected to merge.

Sydney’s 41 councils will be reduced to about 20 under the Baird Government’s plans to reform the local government sector.

October 15, 2015

Office of Local Government provides paper, Strathfield suggest alternative to amalgamation.

Strathfield Council is considering forming a new Joint Organisation with Ashfield, Burwood, Canada Bay, Leichhardt and Marrickville in a bid to stave off council amalgamations.

At an extraordinary meeting, council discussed the Office of Local Government’s Joint Organisations Emerging Directions Paper which recommended that Strathfield join its Inner West neighbours in a Joint Organisation.

It comes on the eve of the release of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) report to the state government on council amalgamations.

July 10, 2015

The countdown is on and in 100 days, Strathfield will learn whether its 130-year-old history, diminishes. 

Strathfield will know its fate in less than 100 days. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) will hand down its findings to the State Government by 16 October.

If the decision is for amalgamations, then the process will begin in September 2016 – ironically, when council elections would have been held.

Council and Save our Strathfield have made submissions to the Upper House Parliamentary Inquiry into the amalgamation process.

There is no doubt where the 130-year-old municipality stands.

June 25, 2015

Allure Lab wins two awards at the 2015 award ceremony.

It was the night of nights for Strathfield businesses at the Inner West Local Business Awards.

There were over 30 Strathfield businesses who were nominated as finalists with three taking out awards for their excellent service to the community.

Cosgrove Smash Repairs was the first Strathfield business to win the Automotive Service category with the Strathfield Scene's Editor-In-Chief Peter Lynch presenting the award.

Shanahans Butler Solicitors won the Professional Service category for the second year in a row.

June 19, 2015

Strathfield Council has assured its residents and businesses it will not increase land tax rates as part of the rebuttal against the State Government's amalgamation plan.

Rates for residents and businesses will not increase by more than the amount allowed, Strathfield Council reported last month.

Council has adopted the 2.4 per cent general rate increase set by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) on 2 December 2014.

The IPART determined a general rate increase of 2.3 per cent based on the Local Government Cost Index increase of 2.47 per cent before deducting a standard ‘productivity efficiency factor of 0.04 per cent’.

May 28, 2015

Bankstown makes an extraordinary grab for Strathfield's prime commercial real estate.

Strathfield's mayor, Cr Gulian Vaccari,  has told councils to keep their ‘hands off Strathfield’.

Councillor Vaccari’s statement came after Bankstown  earlier this week tabled a motion to include boundary changes in its "Fit for the Future" submission to the State Government.

The areas Bankstown has suggested become part of its own local government area are parts of Greenacre as well as the Enfield Intermodal Logistics Centre (ILC).

May 26, 2015

Burwood Council unanimously voted against a proposal to merge with Auburn and Canada Bay.

A plan to create a ‘City of Olympic Park’ has been knocked back by Burwood Council.

Instead, councillors voted to stand alone.

At an extraordinary meeting last night, a plan to merge Burwood, Canada Bay and Auburn Council, was turned down despite claims from Mayor John Faker that it would save ratepayers $35 million.

The local government review panel recommended that Strathfield amalgamate with five other councils – Burwood, Canada Bay, Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield.  

May 22, 2015

Auburn offers merger and others say our municipality could be split as fight against amalgamation comes to a head

The council amalgamation debate, which threatens the future of Strathfield as a stand-alone municipality, will reach a major watershed this week.

As surrounding authorities hold extraordinary meetings to decide their final positions on the issue, one Strathfield councillor has revealed other councils had discussed a plan to split Strathfield’s local government area between Auburn and Burwood.

She also revealed that Strathfield had been approached with a merger plan by Auburn.  She said this had been rebuffed.

May 22, 2015

Council report  outlines the impacts of amalgamation on residents.

Strathfield Council will be sending out a 16-page document to its residents outlining the impacts amalgamation will have on the municipality.

It is Strathfield’s last attempt to fight against the State Government’s proposed plan to amalgamate with surrounding councils.

And in preparation for council’s Fit for the Future (FFF) submission to the State Government, council is looking for residents and businesses to respond with their comments.

May 14, 2015

Around 23,000 home in the inner west are without power

Around 23,000 homes in Strathfield, Burwood and Concord have been left without power on one of the coldest days of the year.

The power outage caused major traffic delays during peak hour and the blackout is expected to last another couple of hours.

A shopping centre in Burwood has been evacuated.

A spokesman for Live Traffic NSW said: “We have a power failure which has taken traffic lights out in Burwood, Strathfield and Concord and we advise motorists exercise extreme caution until the problem the problem is resolved.

May 8, 2015

Strathfield Council has commissioned a piece by an Indigenous artist to hang in the Council Chambers.

It is thought that there are no survivors from the Wangal tribe, the original settlers of the land now called Strathfield Council, still alive.

But now the municipality’s Council Chamber walls will have a vivid reminder of the tribe’s customs in the form of a specially commissioned piece of Indigenous artwork.

It is expected the colourful artwork, seen here for the first time, will eclipse the photograph of the Queen that has adorned the walls for decades.